VERMILLION – The Oscar Howe Summer Art Institute (OHSAI) honors Oscar Howe, longtime USD professor and American Indian Northern Plains artist, by helping educate the next generation of Native American artists. The OHSAI is open to high school students with a demonstrated interest in the visual arts and American Indian culture. All workshops are taught by impressive professional artists and all accepted students attend free of charge, including meals, housing, instruction and art supplies.
Edgar Heap of Birds is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work ranges from conceptual public messages to paintings, prints, and monumental sculpture. He was one of a small group of artists whose seminal work in the 1980s in the New York art scene defined the pluralistic and sophisticated direction of Native art that continues to this day. His work frequently draws upon language, history, and memory, and engages audiences in a dialogue about forgotten or subversive relationships. The Cheyenne and Arapaho artist is a professor at the University of Oklahoma. You can see his work at heapofbirds.ou.edu
Angela Babby is a member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe and was inspired to work with mosaics when she saw a “collection of centuries old glasswork on a trip to Paris.” Her first projects with mosaics were focused on portraits of her ancestors. She is a recipient of the Southwestern Association of Indian Arts Fellowship and has received awards at Northern Plains Indian Art Market, The Heard Museum and Santa Fe Indian Art Market. Her work has been published in First American Art Magazine, Native People’s Magazine and Southwest Art. Her work can be found in many collections, including the Heritage Center, Pine Ridge, SD, Akta Lakota Museum and Cultural Center, Chamberlain, SD, and the Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, SD. You can see her work at www.angelababby.com
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